Intel officially announced the first of its 8th Generation Intel Core processors on 21 August, revamped with a new quad-core configuration and a range of silicon optimisations. In short, 8th gen is up to 40 percent faster* than existing 7th Generation chips and offers a 2x boost versus a five-year-old PC*.
It’s a hefty improvement, arguably more impressive than the leap from 6th Gen to 7th Gen. According to Gregory Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group at Intel, 8th gen “helps people simplify everything they are doing today, while opening the door to the experiences of tomorrow… from 4K to VR and beyond.”
Here are the eight things you need to know about the new platform.
1. It’s all about performance
The new 8th Generation Intel Core processors offer up to a 40 percent improvement over comparable 7th Gen chips. That means 2x better productivity performance, 1.9x better web browsing performance, and computers that run 2.3x faster while multitasking compared to a five year-old system*.
“Editing photos or creating a slideshow? That’s up to 48 percent faster on 8th Gen vs. devices powered by the processor we released last year,” says Bryant. “Editing video footage is now up to 14.7x faster… So rendering what used to take 45 minutes on a 5-year-old PC, now takes three minutes.”
2. There are four different processor series
Like 7th Gen chips before them, 8th gen processors come in four different series, optimised for different PC designs and usage. The ‘Y-Series’ is built for thin fanless detachables and always connected PCs, while you’ll find the ‘U-Series’ inside thin and light laptops, 2 in 1 computers, convertibles and Minis. The ‘H-Series’ is destined for high performance laptops and mobile workstations; leaving the ‘S-Series’ to power desktop PC systems.
3. The first 8th Gen chips are U-Series i5 and i7 CPUs
The first processors to appear are the i7-8650U, i7-8550U, i5-8350U and i5-8250U (note the ‘8’ in the designation to mark the new 8th Gen technology).
4. They have two extra cores
These 8th Gen processors feature two extra cores compared to 7th Gen chips, giving them four cores in total and eight processing threads. Amazingly, the new quad-core product fits into the same package as its dual core predecessor.
5. 8th Gen includes Intel UHD graphics
The new chips feature Intel UHD Graphics 620 technology, supporting Ultra High Definition resolutions up to 4096 x 2160 pixels, at 60Hz. In fact, there’s enough oomph here to support three simultaneous 4K displays*, superior 3D gaming performance (compared to 7th Gen), and future forays into Windows Mixed Reality* (with a compatible headset).
6. Your battery life won’t take a dive
You might think that adding two extra cores to an 8th Gen processor means a reduction in battery life. Not so. Intel is confident that the next sleek laptop or 2 in 1 you buy will still be capable of lasting 10 hours on a single charge*. Even if you spend those hours binge-watching Stranger Things in 4K on Netflix.
7. You’ll find 8th Gen in all sorts of devices
Expect more than 145 designs from major global manufacturers like Dell, Acer, Lenovo, HP and ASUS. Some will be updated versions of the machines you already know, like the Dell XPS 13. Others will be all-new, such as the Acer Nitro Spin 5 — a 2 in 1 gaming laptop with a 15.6-inch IPS display, 8th Gen processor and GeForce 1050 graphics.
8. The 8th Gen platform will eventually move to 10nm
The launch of the four U-Series processors today is just the start. They will be followed later in the year by 8th Gen desktop chips, corporate/enterprise products and then enthusiast mobile CPUs. While these first chips still use a 14nm manufacturing process (allowing Intel to squeeze over 100 million transistors into a square millimetre of silicon), the 8th Generation processor family will eventually move to a 10nm process in the future.
“8th Gen enables you to do more of what you love — and do it better, faster and easier,” says Gregory Bryant. Find out what 8th Generation Intel Core processors can do for you here.